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Top 10 Minor League Markets: No. 10 Grand Rapids-Comstock Park, Mich.

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 17 / 15

■ TEAMS (FIRST SEASON): Midwest League West Michigan Whitecaps (1994), AHL Grand Rapids Griffins (1996), NBA D-League Grand Rapids Drive (2014) ■ VENUES (YEAR OPENED): DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center (1952, renovated 1998), Fifth Third Ballpark (1994), Van Andel Arena (1996) ...

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■ TEAMS (FIRST SEASON): Midwest League West Michigan Whitecaps (1994), AHL Grand Rapids Griffins (1996), NBA D-League Grand Rapids Drive (2014) ■ VENUES (YEAR OPENED): DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center (1952, renovated 1998), Fifth Third Ballpark (1994), Van Andel Arena (1996) ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Minor League Markets: Inland Empire

■ TEAMS (FIRST SEASON): California League Inland Empire 66ers (1987), California League High Desert Mavericks (1991), California League Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (1993), California League Lake Elsinore Storm (1994), ECHL Ontario Reign (2008) ■ VENUES (YEAR OPENED): Mavericks Field at St ...

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08/17/15
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SportsBusiness Journal: Minor League Markets: Sioux Falls

■ TEAMS (FIRST SEASON): American Association Sioux Falls Canaries (1993), NBA D-League Sioux Falls Skyforce (1989), IFL Sioux Falls Storm (2000) ■ VENUES (YEAR OPENED): Sioux Falls Stadium (1941, renovated 2000), Pentagon by Sanford Health (2013), Denny Sanford Premier Center (2014) ...

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08/17/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Minor League Markets: Just like heaven

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SportsBusiness Journal: Minor League Markets: Around the country

■ ERIE, PA, (No. 16): This three-team market has made our top 25 three consecutive times, rising to No. 16 this year. It was No. 25 in 2011 and No. 17 two years ago. The market’s youngest franchise, the NBA D-League Erie BayHawks, has registered a year-over-year attendance increase in si ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Minor League Markets: Charleston

■ TEAMS (FIRST SEASON): South Atlantic League Charleston RiverDogs (1980), ECHL South Carolina Stingrays (1993), USL Charleston Battery (1993) ■ VENUES (YEAR OPENED): North Charleston Coliseum (1993, renovated 2014), Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (1997), MUSC Health Stadium, formerly Black ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Minor League Markets: Toledo

■ TEAMS (FIRST SEASON): International League Toledo Mud Hens (1965), ECHL Toledo Walleye (2009) ■ VENUES (YEAR OPENED): Fifth Third Field (2002), Huntington Center (2009) The two teams in the market that ranked No. 1 in our study in 2013 drew more than 842,000 fans combined in thei ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Minor League Markets: Fort Wayne

■ TEAMS (FIRST SEASON): ECHL Fort Wayne Komets (1952), Midwest League Fort Wayne TinCaps (1993), NBA D-League Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2007) ■ VENUES (YEAR OPENED): Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (1952; renovated 2002; multiple upgrades 2013-15), Parkview Field (2009) ...

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